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Youth Justice Service improvements recognised

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23 March 2022

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Powys Youth Justice Service (YJS) have received an overall rating of 'Good' following the recent inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation.

The report published this week outlines the improvements made within the service.

Chief Inspector of Probation, Justin Russell said: "In 2020, the service was overhauled, and this has had a positive effect on many areas of their work, demonstrated during our inspection, resulting in an overall rating of 'Good'."

Powys YJS work with children aged 10 to 18. The majority of children under their supervision are aged 15 to 17 (83%). The YJS supervise children with complex needs, and some are in the care of the local authority.

The inspection looked at standards of organisational delivery (leadership, staffing, partnerships, services and facilities), their management of children serving court sentences (court disposals) and children receiving cautions or community resolutions (out-of-court disposals).

Inspectors noted that Powys YJS had good facilities for staff and children and communicates well with both - a key factor in ensuring the service can run across a wide geographical area. They also commended the management board for being active in ensuring the quality of what they are delivering for children is properly assessed.

Ali Bulman, Powys County Council's Executive Director - People & Organisational Development and Chair of the Powys Youth Justice Board said: "I'm pleased that the hard work of partners and all staff in the youth justice team, along with managers that support this work from across Children's Services, has been recognised in the recent inspection.

"It's been a real team effort, with staff working together to improve the lives of young people involved with the service. Getting the right people round the table to achieve a whole agency approach has been really positive.

"The report makes some recommendations for further improvement to the service, and we will now work on an action plan to address these and build on the good work that has been highlighted in the inspection."

The full inspection report is available on Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation website. You can view it here